07.07.2021 Suppliers red.

The authorities in Austria and Germany have seized over 5000 counterfeit HP items. Among other things, toner cartridges.

Already between January and March 2021, local law enforcement authorities in Austria seized thousands of counterfeit HP toner cartridges after being informed by HP partners on site. At the same time, German customs officials at airports, with the support of HP’s Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud (ACF) teams, discovered a load of counterfeit computer components from East Asia.

“The sale of counterfeit components and toner cartridges is an infringement of intellectual property with serious consequences for the business of distributors and distributors. Illegal products offer a poor user experience and may damage the hardware,” says Susanne Kummetz, Director Commercial and Consumer Channel at HP Germany.

“We are proud of the success of our ACF program in collaboration with local authorities and partners. We will continue to work to protect our customers and partners from counterfeit products.”

Backed by HP, local authorities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have seized approximately twelve million HP counterfeit products over the past five years. In addition, the company conducted over 4500 audits and inspections (CPPAs and CDIs) on partner inventories or on suspicious deliveries to customers.

As part of HPs Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud (ACF) program, HP trains its customers and partners to detect counterfeit printer accessories, for example. The company works closely with local and global law enforcement agencies to detect and prevent illegal operations to produce counterfeit HP printing components.